The global sludge treatment and odor control equipment market is estimated to have been worth $6.5 billion in 2013, and is forecast to reach nearly $6.9 billion by year-end 2014. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period, 2014 to 2019, is estimated to be 5.9%. At this rate, the market value will reach $9.2 billion by 2019.
This market research report analyzes the global market and developments in municipal and industrial wastewater sludge treatment equipment and wastewater/sludge-based odor control equipment. Sludge treatment describes the processes used to manage and dispose of the solid or semi-solid products produced during municipal sewage treatment and industrial wastewater treatment. Despite representing only about 1% of total wastewater flows, sludge handling accounts for up to 50% of total treatment plant operating costs.
Because of safety and nuisance issues, odor control has come to play an increasingly important role in the treatment and disposal of sludge and biosolids that accumulate during wastewater plant processes.
As noted in the Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management: Moving Forward the Sustainable and Welcome Uses of a Global Resource, a 2008 study by the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), several major premises apply to wastewater, sludge and biosolids. These points are as true today as when the study was first released.
Access to sanitation varies widely around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia and Central and South America, wastewater treatment systems, if they exist, are minimal or function poorly. In these regions, basic sanitation is the primary need.
In Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Russian Federation, Mexico, South America and other areas, wastewater treatment is more advanced, but wastewater sludge and biosolids management has not been practiced to a great extent previously. As sludge volumes from a rising number of treatment facilities grow, a more complex regulatory framework and improved sludge handling technologies will be required.
In North America, Europe, Australia and certain Asian countries, there is more focus on improving the management of wastewater sludge and biosolids. In these regions, wastewater typically is treated at the secondary or tertiary level and both biosolids technologies and regulatory systems are complex. In all world regions where advanced wastewater treatment results in increasing volumes of sludge, water quality professionals, engineers, scientists, agricultural experts and government regulators are applying and refining processes to improve efficiencies, reduce the potential negative impacts and maximize the beneficial reuse aspects of sludge treatment and biosolids handling.
The United Nations (UN) Agenda 21 summarizes the general goal for waste management as minimization and beneficial utilization. It proposes three major program areas to promote this goal: minimizing wastes while maximizing environmentally sound waste reuse and recycling; promoting environmentally sound waste treatment and disposal; and extending waste service coverage. These areas are interrelated and mutually supportive, and if implemented in an integrated way, will result in a comprehensive and environmentally responsive framework for managing municipal solid wastes, including sludge.
This BCC Research report provides an in-depth analysis of the global sludge treatment and odor control equipment market, including systems for sludge digestion, sludge dewatering, sludge drying, and physical, chemical and biological odor control technologies.
Overviews of each segment are presented. These include current issues affecting the industry, equipment types, legislation relevant to the markets and end-user requirements. Market sizes for each segment are estimated for the years 2005 to 2014. Growth forecasts, as compound annual growth rates (CAGRs), are made to 2019. Valuations are calculated in current U.S. dollars.
Wastewater and sludge are produced continually, and pollutants present in the wastes never completely disappear. With each passing year, global volumes of sludge increase and potentially contain heavy metals, organic industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, oil and grease, and miscellaneous hazardous pollutants, such as medical wastes. Sometimes, it emits a disagreeable odor that requires abatement.
Harmful and toxic residues in sludge can be reduced via sludge treatment equipment and, increasingly, these systems enable the beneficial reuse of sludge in a safe and economical way. Various types of treatment equipment also allow odors associated with wastewater solids to be controlled.
This report is intended for those who desire an analysis of the global sludge treatment and odor control equipment markets. The document seeks to quantify the various markets, forecast market trends, trace significant developments, and profile companies that are active in the various market sectors. The report contains information and conclusions that are unique, insightful, and have a forward-thinking knowledge of the subject that should be of interest to manufacturers, suppliers, and local, state and government entities.
The report examines the market for three categories of sludge treatment equipment and three categories of odor control equipment. These are:
This comprehensive report on sludge treatment and odor control equipment aims to provide detailed information to those interested in investment, expansion or acquisition into the market. Venture capitalists, executive planners, senior marketing personnel, research analysts and suppliers to the sludge treatment and odor control industry and end users who want to discover and exploit current or projected market niches should find this report useful.
Readers who wish to gain an understanding of the sludge treatment and odor control market, regulations affecting these markets, market trends and competitive structures within these markets will find this study worthwhile.
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this report. Research for this technical/marketing report began with an analysis of available technical and business literature related to sludge treatment. Conversations with industry experts and company representatives provide the backbone for the analysis.
Internet, literature and patent searches were undertaken, and key industry participants were queried. Growth rates for each market were calculated based on expected revenues from sales of process equipment during the forecast period. Values and forecasts are given in current U.S. dollars. Construction, engineering and design costs are excluded from market size calculations.
During the past 18 years, Susan Hanft has authored more than 40 market research reports for BCC Research in the fields of membrane technology, water and wastewater treatment, and separations used in food and beverage manufacture, medicine and biotechnology.